Rare Photo of a Great Lady - A rare photo which I am told is of Caroline of Naples, the Duchesse de Berry. I have blogged another photo of the Duchesse de Berry, below. Caroline of N...
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It's easy to think that to be Catholic is to be at odds with Orkney. On the contrary! Orkney has a very long and rich Catholic history. Please join the adventure of re-discovering Catholic Orkney.
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."Furthermore we MUST understand that we uphold Human Dignity because, as then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger put it so well:
"We act in liberty and equality as if we were all sons of God; we respect each other as if we were made in the image of God; we love one another as if we were responding thereby to an order given by God." (Cardinal Ratzinger, "Christianity and the Crisis of Culture, pg. 21)Today the Secularists that wish to divorce the Judeo-Christian culture from our society repeatedly appeal to The Enlightenment. But make certain and remember that the Enlightenment first took place from within the framework of the Christian world view. This is important to understand because the Secularists are trying to revise history while claiming that the Enlightenment was godless and secular. But it was anything but as evidenced by the fact that the Enlightenment swiftly led to the American Revolution, with its declaration that:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."Because our unalienable Rights are granted by God it is the Judeo-Christian understanding that NO ONE has the authority to make Human Dignity conditional. ALL people enjoy their Human Dignity from conception to natural death regardless of their physical or mental state.
"The radical detachment of the Enlightenment philosophy from its roots ultimately leads it to dispense with man." (Cardinal Ratzinger, Christianity and the Crisis of Culture, pg. 42)More true words have never been spoken. The roots of the Enlightenment were Judeo-Christian and firmly rooted in GOD. But do remember that it wasn't the Enlightenment that gave us the understanding of Human Dignity. It was Genesis 1:27~
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."In the Judeo-Christian culture that was born of Genesis 1:27 it became known that all people, from the unborn to the elderly, the crippled, the retarded, the homosexual, the non-religious, the Conservative to the Liberal, and so forth and so on, **all** people enjoy Human Dignity. And thus Freedom and Liberty for All flourishes, with everyone free from abuse, harassment, and elimination. With free speech, freedom of religion (or no religion!). And why? Because even if a person is not Judeo-Christian themsevles, we murder their Human Dignity if we so much as call them a name:
"But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, 'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell."And so the woman on the beach in the bikini? The Prostitute on the street? The heroin addict letting his kids starve? The mentally and physically disabled that shout and rave in public? If you so much as look at them funny you are judged by God as having committed a sin against their human dignity. Why? Because the second you roll your eyes at another or call them a name you relegate them to an inferior status to yourself. In other words, you strip them of their human dignity and make them sub-human. And so every single human being in a Judeo-Christian culture is entitled to respect. Yes, it has taken a long time for this to be reflected in our civil laws but calm down, it takes a good 2,000 years or so for these revolutionary concepts to penetrate deeply into every fiber of multiple cultures. Things don't happen over night! It's not as if the Early Church had Facebook...
"...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14